Former Spalding High School student Josie is rocking her way back home from Oz

Tequila Mockingbird plan to bring their tour from Australia to member Josie O'Toole's home town of Spalding. ANL-151022-170216001
Tequila Mockingbird plan to bring their tour from Australia to member Josie O'Toole's home town of Spalding. ANL-151022-170216001

A former Spalding High School student, who is finding fame after “rocking” all over to the other side of the world, has vowed to bring her new band back to her home town.

Josie O’Toole (29) is a member of a three-piece all-girl rock band based in Melbourne, Australia.

Regulars at the Ship Albion and Black Swan may remember her playing the drums in a Spalding band called Milkcrate.

But she says since taking a gap year from university and backpacking around Australia she hasn’t looked back – until now.

She said: “My new band Tequila Mockingbird has just finished recording our debut album, which is due for release early 2016.

“We are planning a UK and Europe tour for next summer, which will most definitely include a show in Spalding.”

For now, by day Josie is a category manager for an Australian supermarket chain. She said: “It’s very tough to make a living out of music so other income is required. But by night I rock out. It gets pretty hectic at times.”

Recently Tequila Mockingbird, who met while auditioning for the same cover band, travelled to the Middle East to play for the British, American and Australian troops stationed there.

Josie said: “It was an amazing experience. Some of the stories we heard were truly incredible.

“We were sat next to a US fighter pilot at dinner in the mess hall one night and got talking about his job. We asked what a ‘bad day’ at work looked like for him. He described how, one day whilst flying over Syria, his oxygen levels plummeted to dangerously low levels due to a technical failure. He had to descend to a much lower altitude immediately as a result (putting him at risk of enemy fire) and then do an emergency landing in Iraq.”

To follow Tequila Mockingbird and see the latest video clip visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tequilamockingbyrdband